Health of Black or African American non-Hispanic Population

Data are for the U.S.

Live births
  • Number of births: 529,811
  • Births per 1,000 women aged 15-44: 59.2

Source: Births: Final Data for 2020 [PDF – 1 MB]

Health status
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over in fair or poor health: 18.7% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

  • Percent of children under age 18 in fair or poor health: 2.4% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

Smoking
  • Percent of men aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 17.2% (2019)
  • Percent of women aged 18 and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 12.9% (2019)

Source: Health, United States, 2020-2021, table Smok [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Obesity
  • Percent of men aged 20 and over with obesity: 38.7% (2015-2018)
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with obesity: 55.9% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 26 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Hypertension
  • Percent of men aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 56.8% (2015-2018)
  • Percent of women aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 57.6% (2015-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 22 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage
  • Percent of adults aged 18–64 without health insurance coverage: 14.5% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

  • Percent of children under age 18 without health insurance coverage: 4.9% (2020)

Source: Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2019-2020

Mortality
  • Number of deaths: 451,792
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 1,035.7

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Leading causes of death